Well first of all, I can't believe how fast this past year has gone by. Tomorrow will be Lily's first birthday and I can't help but reminisce the past year and all that we have over come!

This time last year I was at my house entering the middle stages of labor......I had been "in labor" since 4:30am but contractions didn't start to become painful until about 4:30pm. I remember that at about 10pm I was really starting to feel like we needed to leave for the hospital. After about 30 minutes of debating we finally left and arrived around 11pm. I was admitted and in a labor room by around 1am (I was only dialated 3cm and my water hadn't broke yet, but i was a week over due). I remember feeling so scared and happy at the same time.......several different things happened between 1am and 10:31am when Lily finally came into this world. I wont list all of them for the simple fact that I could go on and on but she was born vaginally and I had an Epi (thoughts about that are for a different post). I remember holding her in my arms and feeling as if the world had stopped and paused for that very moment in time.

 Now a year later, I can't believe how much she has grown and changed and become this amazing little girl that we hold so close to our hearts. I am so lucky to have such a wonderful daughter like Lily and she is a complete blessing. She has lightened my life and given me a total different outlook on everything around me. I am so happy with the person I have become because of her. She reminds me to cherish every day and to always express love to the people around me that i hold close to my heart.

I can't believe that she is turning one. I almost feel like it's a turning point in our lives.....we have come so far (me and my husband) and we have so much more to travel on the road of life. I am so happy with the person that she has become and I am looking forward to the changes she will make in the coming years. She is my heart and my soul and I can't imagine my life with out her.

Happy Birthday Lily, Mommy and Daddy Love you SO MUCH!



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